Saturday, May 19, 2007

Levin vs. Protack
Could there be two primaries? Should the Republican party push the former Roth aid and businessman into the Governor's race. Mr. Protack who was fresh off a strong primary showing is still disdained by the party establishment. Protack is a good man with fresh ideas. He has become a serious candidate as opposed to the well meaning gadfly of the past. This party needs to sit down and find a place for him. He is a key to the party's future. His 50 ideas may triumph over the establishment. The man may have found the pulse of the public.

Mr. Levin does have a serious policy mind and an enviable business record. He is grew Happy Harry's from 17 stores and 250 employees to a regional player with 2600 employees. He has created jobs and served the public with a quality business operation. He could be the type of person we need, but do we know were he stands? His issues may or may not connect. B Gary Scott's shellacking showed that issues matter more than money and consultants. Mr. Levin has time to develop some cutting edge positions. I am anxious to see if he is the leader in the public policy forum he was in business. If he is, he may be the next governor.

The Democrats are desperately trying to avoid a primary. They want to push aside their best candidate (Markel) for the hand picked successor (Carney). One has to wonder if we have not suffered enough from that syndrome. This failed administration has wasted our money so much that we are 4th in per person spending yet we can't build schools and roads. 1800 people are homeless on a given night. We don't want to prevent mortgage foreclosures with a revolving loan fund. We want to impose a massive commuter tax hike(gas tax, toll hikes, and DMV fees) on working families. Livable Delaware has done anything but make Delaware livable. Only 35% of the population can afford a new median price home. Our prisons suffered a management crisis. Del Dot is broke because of mismanagement. St. Francis hospital is in financial jeopardy because of a broke medicaid reimbursement formula. We talk about holding kids accountable by testing for graduation in the tenth grade, not the twelfth. In other words, we want them to be accountable before we teach them. It took over 6 years to get a good State Police Superintendent, Sec. of Transportation, and Prison Commissioner. The News Journal was right in 1996 when they predicted that Minner would be incompetent. If we do not change course, we will undo the good done by DuPont, Castle, and Carper. We and our kids will be the ones to suffer.

Let's encourage all of the potential candidates to get out and listen to the people. Let's encourage all of them to present their solutions. Then let's forget about our past prejudices and judge with an open mind. May the best person win.


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